Video Lesson: Uses of Basil
An easy plant to grow, Basil is known for its delicious aroma and its many uses in the kitchen. It’s one of the most used herbs in Italian cuisine, but very few people know about its medicinal properties. In this video lesson, we will also discover its magical uses a few ways to bring love and fortune with the Green Witchcraft qualities of basil.
Properties of Basil
A very leafy plant with a pleasant aroma. Its silky-soft leaves have an oval shape and a bright green color.
In ancient Europe, it was believed that a woman who offered a man a sprig of basil would get his love. The sweet and piercing aroma of basil makes sympathy arise among people who are under its spell. It is ideal in positive Witchcraft, for example, to avoid discussions between lovers.
Spells with Basil
Basil plants are used to attract customers in businesses, placing one next to the cash register or under the door. And the incense of this herb is also used for this purpose in money rituals.
But this herb not only serves for love or wealth, it is a powerful repellent of evil and a purifier. It is widely used in purification and protection baths. It can be distributed in small batches throughout all rooms of the home for this purpose.
Other names for Basil: Albahaca, American Dittany, ‘Our Herb’, St. Joseph’s Wort, Sweet Basil, Witches Herb.
Origin of Basil: Tropical Old World: Central Africa and Southeast Asia.
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Uses of Basil in Herbal Witchcraft
The Latin name for basil is basilicum. The name comes from the basilisk, a mythical reptile that had a lethal gaze. Romans believed that basil would cure people of basilisk bites! Fortunately, few of us are currently being pursued by ancient mythological monsters, but it demonstrates the fascinating history of basil. This aromatic plant has waxy green leaves and purple or white flowers. Not only is it easy to grow in a garden or window sill, but it is an herbal ally for your magick spells.
Magickal Properties of Basil
Basil for Love
In Medieval Europe, folks used basil for love spells. They would use basil to determine if a new lover would be faithful, to encourage attraction, and to soothe arguments. In fact, basil is still the most commonly used herb in love spells today. Basil can be tucked fresh or dried into a sachet and carried to strengthen feelings of love and attraction. Even the scent of fresh basil is said to cause sympathy to form between two people. The ancient Romans believed that the smell of basil inspired love. It was said that a woman could hand the object of her affection a sprig of basil and he would stay with her forever.
Basil for Attracting Money
The basil leaf is considered lucky for attracting money. It can lend its power to your magickal working by giving a little extra boost to your finances. With focus and determination, the basil leaf can attract money into your life. Carry a leaf in your wallet or purse to attract money.
Medicinal Properties of Basil
Basil essential oil provides protection against harmful bacteria growth. Researchers tested the antibacterial strength of basil against powerful strains of bacteria such as E. coli from sick patients1. What they found opened the door for further research as basil proved to be a worthy opponent. Basil inhibited the growth of these bacteria which means that it may be able to help fight antibiotic resistant illness and infections in the future.
Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants to help them thrive by thwarting competitors, predators, or pathogens. Basil contains phytochemicals that naturally prevent chemical induced cancers of the skin, liver, and lungs in humans. This amazing garden herb increases antioxidant activity, helps cancerous cells start to die, and stops cancerous tumors from spreading2. The best part is that basil protects normal, healthy tissues and cells from the negative effects of traditional cancer treatments.
Medicinal amounts of basil should be avoided if pregnant, breastfeeding, or in young children. Do not use if you suffer from a bleeding disorder. Do not use if you have low blood pressure. Stop using basil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Basil has an extensive and interesting history across many different cultures. It’s a hardy herb, easy to grow, and even easier to find in your local grocery store. Enjoy the many health and magickal benefits of basil in all of its delicious forms.